Kitsch! Cloying sentimentality! Ridiculous, silly images with an attention to detail on the dresses, especially the fabrics, which may indicate Crossdreaming tendencies. There is normally a glimpse of stocking. However much the serious, high-brow part of me disapproves, I love it.
She has dropped her book. How sweet!
Even where there is a man, his fabrics are so girly, his attention so foppish-
We see the woman with her Good Companion from a dog’s eye view:
He lived from 1858-1938, but all these dresses are Empire-line, fashionable in the 1800s and 1810s. Also, sleeves changed after that. He is painting nostalgia even then.
Women drape over each other in such a relaxed fashion
And especially here
This man looks suspicious:
If it is kitsch, it is especially good kitsch, I waffle, seeking a reason for liking it. For someone who specialises in painting people, his range of facial expressions is limited. And- I just like it!
If you liked these paintings, you may also like Giovanni Boldini.